Photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Perini Navi Group has completed the launch and mast stepping operations of the 70m aluminium ketch Sybaris.

At 850 gross tonnes, this project features a Sealium alloy hull with a centreboard keel with variable draught from 4.5m to 11.74m.

Her superstructure is topped with an 18m flying bridge, the largest of any sailing yacht afloat, the shipyard claims.

The 2,300sq m sail plan relies on two carbon fibre masts supplied by Rondal in Holland with composite stays Kevlar running rigging.

Controlled by Perini’s latest-generation electric winches and software, the system allows the yacht to be sailed entirely from the cockpit consoles.

In addition, Sybaris is equipped with two variable-speed generators supplying electrical power via a DC bus to the vessel’s main electrical grid with the potential to store excess power in lithium polymer batteries.

Perini Navi says the system improves efficiency, reduces emissions and provides a silent anchor mode at night or in protected areas with the generators switched off.

Following the technical launch and the mast stepping operations, Sybaris will go through an intensive season of test and trails that will lead to her completion this summer.

Sybaris results from the collaboration between Perini Navi’s in-house team of naval architects and engineers and the French designer Philippe Briand. Her interiors are work of PH Design and represent the first yacht project by the Miami-based studio.